Why do you Need to Prepare Artwork for Coloring?

Preparing the image allows you to apply colors behind the line art, and have the option to color the line art using color holds.

In this article are two methods of preparing artwork for coloring. Essentially if you want to use color holds, implement Method 2, if you do not want to use color holds, implement method 1.

Method 1 is a quick and basic approach suitable for instances where you will not be coloring the lines using color holds.

Method 2 is a more complex approach that results in artwork with a transparent background and the line art has been prepared for color holds. This method requires the use of a photoshop action that is available for free when you sign up for my mailing list here:

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Which Method do I use?I always use Method 2 because it allows for the possibility of coloring the lines with color holds.

Even if I don’t intend to color the lines, I like to have the option available if a situation arises where applying color holds is the best solution.

Continue reading for the step by step tutorial instructions included in Method 1 and Method 2.

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Rating and Conclusion

9.5/10 – I use Pure Ref for almost every drawing I do and It’s an integral part of my process.


What is Pure Ref?

Pure Ref is a Mac/PC image organizer aimed at artists who would like to make better use of their image reference collection in an minimally frictionless way.

Why is it Needed?

I often require multiple image references to be easily available, and before PureRef, I would assemble images for a new project in an image reference folder, then opening and viewing individual images. This method of searching the image folder, opening the file and resizing it so it has a place on my desktop adds just enough friction to the creative process to be an unwanted distraction.

With PureRef, all of my image reference is in one easy to navigate infinite canvas. This makes viewing image reference as frictionless as possible by scrolling the canvas in any direction fo find an image, and zooming into an image once you found the image you’re looking for.

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